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Patricia Herzog, a Corona del Mar lawyer who provided counsel in a landmark alimony case, has died. She was 88.
Herzog succumbed to natural causes Friday at her CdM home, family members said.
On Tuesday, friends and family remembered her as "strong-willed and compassionate," and praised the career of one of the first female attorneys accepted to the Orange County Bar.
Best known for her counsel in the 1982 divorce case Sullivan v. Sullivan, Herzog argued that anyone who supports a spouse through medical or law school has a right to share in the earnings if the couple divorce.
While the court deliberated — and Herzog eventually won — the state Legislature enacted the Sullivan law, which entitles the supporting spouse to his or her half of the education tuition contribution, plus interest.
Herzog was in her 60s at the time, but continued practicing law and providing free legal advice well into her 70s as the first attorney of the Legal Aid Society in Santa Ana, said Nancy Bunn, a longtime friend and fellow attorney.